Every summer, we go to considerable lengths to protect ourselves from the harsh rays—think: high SPFs and oversized sunglasses. I’ve decided to add to this sun-shielding repertoire with chic chapeaux; not only do they protect your skin and locks from damage, but when paired with the right sunnies, they create a fabulous, I’m-obviously-incognito-for-a-reason kind of look. From wide-brimmed toppers to jaunty fedoras, there’s a style to suit every taste.


Shop the Trend: Summer’s Essential SUNGLASSES

















The ’50s cat eye and ’70s round frame remain two of eyewear’s most stylish shapes. Modern-day trendsetters like Olivia Palermo and Nicole Richie don the perennial classics reframed in striking silhouettes.









1. Alexander Wang pointy cat-eye sunglasses, $355; shop

2. Karen Walker round-frame sunglasses, $210; shop


A pair of wayfarers has long been the downtown scene’s calling card and the choice eyewear of Hollywood’s A-Listers like Jessica Biel and PYTs like Selena Gomez.









1. Charming CHARLIE wayfarer, $10; shop now:

2. Prada tortoiseshell wayfarer, $268; shop now:


Channel the chic and famous in oversized sunnies with touches of old Hollywood glamour à la Victoria Beckham, or a beloved shape amplified like Beyoncé’s round frames.









1. Linda Farrow round oversized sunglasses, $530; shop now:

2. The Row oversized round sunglasses, $445; shop now:


The go-to accessory of the cool girl set (here, Ashley Olsen and Zoe Saldana), the aviator is the sleekest shade around. This summer, opt for the freshest takes on the sporty staple to streamline any look.









1. Joe Fresh tinted aviator, $19; shop now:

2. Oliver Goldsmith gradient plastic aviator, $380; shop

Shop the Trend: FLAT SANDALS

Alexander Wang leather sandal, $350; shop now:

















K Jacques St. Tropez strappy leather sandals, $260; shop

















Sergio Rossi leather sandal with gold-tone detail, $798; shop

















Pedro Garcia Swarovski-embellished satin sandals, $452; shop

















Fendi patent leather sandals, $550; shop now:

















Chloé braided ankle-strap sandal, $656; shop now:

















Madewell leather sandal, $59.50; shop now:

















Zara leather sandal, $50; shop

















L.A.M.B. wrap-around leather sandal, $69; shop

The 2012 Mother’s Day Gift Guide

The makeup used backstage at fashion shows is often impossible to replicate in real life. But Clinique global color artist Jenna Menard turned designer Karen Walker’s coral lip into an accessible reality—and a color that suits nearly every face.

Clinique Long Last lipstick in Runway Coral, $15; shop

This box of chocolates culls flavors from all over the world, including dark chocolates from Tanzania and Honduras. The lined label on the front is wonderful for writing your Mother’s Day wishes.

Askinosie single origin box of chocolate bars, $26.50; shop

Gucci’s Generous Violet has top notes of the purple flower but a suede base note, the combination of which delivers a fresh, rich fragrance. Bonus: Its color is on trend for spring.

Flora by Gucci Garden Collection eau du toilette sprays, $70 each for 50ml; shop now:

Tory Burch’s kaleidoscopic scarf makes it easy for mom to figure out that “pop of color” she’s been talking about since It’s A Brad Brad World.

Tory Burch collage print scarf, $185; shop now:

White leather bags might be all the rage this spring, but there’s not a practical one among them. Sophie Hulme’s black envelope clutch, however, is both sturdy and sleek. The detachable cross-body strap is an added perk.

Sophie Hulme mini envelope bag, $410; shop now:

Burberry’s green tortoiseshell glasses indulge in this summer’s cat eye trend without looking like they were plucked from the 40s.

Burberry cat eye tortoiseshell sunglasses, $200; shop now:


When it comes to accessories, lately the motto seems to be “more is more.”

Balenciaga – Montre Acier Silver Watch($1795)

Givenchy – Six Roll Calf Strap Watch($866) in Black

 Burberry – 40mm Rose Gold-Plated Watch with Leather Strap($495)

    Tommy Hilfiger – Black Silicon Strap Watch with Rose Gold Case ($105)

Swarovski – Octea Sport Ceramic Watch($1142) in White

       Marc by Marc Jacobs – 36.5MM Pelly w/ Gold Indexes ($200)

   Kenneth Cole – Blue Crocodile Embossed Watch ($95)

   Michael Kors – Bradshaw Watch ($250) in Gold

       Anne Klein – Red Leather Strap Watch($55)

      Gucci – G-Frame Collection ($2750) in Square

 Salvatore Ferragamo – Women’s Watch ($1100) in Brown/White


















Zanzan Eyewear just released their first collection this month. London-based co-founders and designers Megan and Gareth have been working on it for two years and all the hard work certainly shows.

Made from hand-polished Italian acetate and fitted with Zeiss lenses, they are high quality, good-looking sunglasses. Each model is limited to 100 frames, so it’s unlikely you’ll bump into anyone with the same pair.



Last spring, Kate Spade’s buckled satchel was the bag of choice for those indulging in neon leather. This time around, it’s slightly more ladylike but no less fun.

Kate Spade new Bond Street Florence bag, $448; shop

No, you won’t be pinched for not wearing the right color on this holiday, but when a red accessory can be as cute as Madewell ruby skimmers, why not give it a shot?

Madewell hole punch skimmers, $98; shop now:

Your man probably doesn’t want to eat your leftover conversation hearts, but he’ll gladly wear these J.Crew boxers.

J.Crew candy hearts boxers, $18.50; shop now:

For the right guy, nothing says “I love you” quite like limited-edition vintage sneakers. These faded red high-tops from Common Projects boast a tiny gold logo on the heel. Too bad you can’t steal these, too.

Common Projects red vintage edition sneakers, $450; shop

If you’re the aforementioned woman who’s been looking forward to that dinner reservation at Per Se for months, wear this.

Red Valentino ruffled stretch-crepe dress, $495; shop now:

Skip Frederick’s of Hollywood in favor of Cosabella’s subtle, but still sexy, pink lingerie set. Wear it alone on the 14th, and layer it under the sheer tops and dresses that will fill your closet come May.

Cosabella ‘bellissima’ cropped bustier, $151, garter skirt, $68.50, and lowrider hotpant, $56.50; shop now:

As if a pink bottle of Moët & Chandon Rosé Impérial weren’t already an excellent party gift, the famous champagne has teamed with André Saraiva, the nightlight guru meets graffiti artist, to offer a gold marker and stickers with which to deface the bottle—before or after drinking.

Moët & Chandon Rosé Impérial graffiti bottle, $70; shop

The best way to suggest a small crush? Give a Marc by Marc Jacobs wild heart iPhone case.

Marc by Marc Jacobs ‘Wild Hearts’ iPhone 4 & 4S cover, $34; shop now:

Lancôme’s new long-wear formula promises to stay on for six hours—that should last you from drinks to dessert, about the time painted lips turn unnecessary.

Lancome ‘Rouge in Love’ high potency lipcolor, $25; shop

Maybe the most versatile gift on our list, the Smythson photo wallet can double as a clutch or just a regular wallet stuffed with bills and coins and a secret valentine—or two!

Smythson photo envelope, $475; shop now: